Nice on red alert while Lotto-Soudal return Tour's first two 'non-negatives'

Concern continues to mount over whether the French Grand Tour will take place

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme (Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Nice, the French city hosting the Grand Départ of the Tour de France starting on Saturday, has been placed on red alert following a spike in coronavirus cases.

The Alpes-Maritimes region, where Nice is situated, is one of 19 regions newly placed under red alert as France continues to try to avoid a second lockdown following the resurgent spread of the virus.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.